Reports emerged Monday that Tiote collapsed during training with the Chinese League One club, and Richard Conway of the BBC confirmed the 30-year-old's death via his agent, Emanuele Palladino:
Tiote made 156 appearances for the Magpies over the course of a seven-year spell at St. James' Park, having joined from Eredivisie outfit FC Twente in 2010 for a sum of £3.5 million.
He went on to become a fan favourite in the north-east largely due to his tough-tackling approach and was at one point reportedly courted by Arsenal.
The defensive anchorman had made only 10 appearances for new club Beijing Enterprises, and former Newcastle team-mate Demba Ba was one of the first to express his sadness via social media:
Another former Magpie, Jonas Gutierrez, offered a tribute to Tiote via his official Instagram account:
Tiote will perhaps be best remembered for the stunning volley he scored against Arsenal in February 2011, when the Magpies thundered back from four goals down to clinch a 4-4 draw by virtue of the Ivorian's strike.
That was the only goal Tiote netted for the English club and one of only four he scored in a 12-year professional career, having also represented Dutch club Roda JC and Belgian outfit Anderlecht as a youngster.